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iraq is a fling their homes in the province which has turned into a war zone after militants took control of the two. yet failed to retake the occupied territories that had been declared an islamic state by the militants as the iraqi military gathers its forces for a decisive assault. was empowering the extremists in the region. with. integrity they run on chaos emboldened by the fighting in syria these al qaeda linked militants overran parts of iraq including the city of the literature
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we have said earlier that the serious situation will actually go into iraq and this is what we were warning about chaos in neighboring syria deep as the u.s. and its allies threatened the syrian government sending the signal to the rebels to fight on to the detriment of the political outcome islamic groups have now taken over the opposition movement there and have even chased the western backed leader of the free syrian army out of the country to be honest you the leave it alone because if you kick it they're going to come out and that's what we did when we invaded iraq you know three and it can bite not just somewhere far in a war zone but here in the u.s. american intelligence and counterterrorism officials now say islamic extremist groups in syria with ties talk to a recruiting and training americans who have traveled there to get them to carry out attacks when they return home there are dozens of extremist islamist forces that are operating both inside syria and over the syrian borders walk has been
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a breeding ground for extremists since the u.s. invasion now residents of other parts of the country are bracing themselves for the iraqi army's assault as it attempts to drive militants out of seized areas the u.s. is supplying hellfire missiles and other weapons to help the iraqi government in the fight the last thing for needs is more missiles we heard the u.s. government say they decimated al qaeda is needed but the groups that continue their cause expand and what they thrive on best is chaos the u.s. backed chaos to iraq and in syria washington support for armed opposition has benefited extremists in washington i'm going to check on our quiz. the jihad is behind the occupation of fallujah and ramadi are the infamous islamic state of iraq and the levant is one of the most powerful al qaeda branches estimated to be six thousand strong with it cells threatening the entire region while the organization
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was formed by sunni insurgents back in april two thousand and four a year after the us launched its invasion of iraq many members of the group are fighting in syria against a sad and their force is rapidly gaining influence among the radical elements in the devastated country well even lebanon has suffered from the group's activity with it being behind the latest bombing attack in beirut and this kilgore he's a former danish intelligence officer who served in iraq believes the country's army won't be able to wipe out the extremist forces in my opinion. has never been on the run it might have been downscaling due to the pressure but once this pressure is lifted the organization is back in full force and it uses these. pauses to regain its bring the fighting ability of the of the isis for instance is very strong but very contained to localized battles and one thing the isis rebels has is stamina that they want to continue fighting
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and the iraqi army really hasn't got a chance to fight these militias. or to eradicate them. meanwhile in neighboring syria the strengthening of al qaeda linked groups has led to growing infighting between once allied rebels fierce clashes between rival opposition factions have killed at least seven hundred people this week almost one hundred of them are believed to be civilians who were executed by militants from the islamic state of iraq and levant now the outbreak of a civil war within a civil war has prompted some western politicians who previously rooted soley for removal to change their stance here are some of the latest statements of former cia director michael hayden said the assad regime is beginning to look like the lesser of all evils the former u.s. ambassador to syria iraq and afghanistan ryan crocker he agreed that assad is not as bad as the jihad is and russia has long been warning of the threat some
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opposition groups in syria pose and foreign minister lavrov has welcomed the realisation of this in the west well infighting within the ranks of the syrian rebels is threatening the russia u.s. brokered peace conference that's june less than two weeks the world's top diplomats are in paris right now to pressure syria's main opposition group the syrian national council into taking part but we show just off ski he's director of the center for research on globalization i spoke to him earlier he says talking to them is not going to solve the issue of terrorist groups flooding syria. syrian national council is virtually a defunct organization in effect we have to. ask the question is this a civil war between opposing factions within syrian society or is it in fact a war of aggression western leaders are now becoming very aware of the consequences of what's happening on day it's interesting to hear that many are suspecting now
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that as sad may be the lesser of all evils as we just heard a little earlier and yet today's for friends of syria meeting that was a very different word a message coming from the french foreign minister during that meeting he said the following let's have a listen to what he had to say. contrary to what has been stated we don't have the acid regime on one side and terrorists on the other it is the regime that is fueling terrorism. so sad for jeanne is feeling the terrorism what do you make of that. well i the these are cynical statements the western military alliance has been recruiting right from the outset and it's confirmed by numerous. reliable sources including israeli intelligence these jihad us forces are operatives of the western military alliance we must
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understand that the western military alliance also has blood on their hands it's not simply an issue of of identifying terrorists we have to identify the people who are behind these terrorists. support for the e.u. and some of the worst a sturdy hit european countries has plunged dress tickly in the past five years the data comes from a new regional poll now the study suggests the tumbling approval rating is linked directly to the budget cuts and economic woes take spain for instance where public support is at a record low or are in which is just successfully exit its bailout program despite the aftertaste of the e.u. is a sturdy dictator is still driving the numbers down euro skeptic u.k. used to top the critics list but only around a third actually back in brussels now it's even lower than that trucking down to less than thirty percent. well the decline however is not change the belt tightening policies of struggling
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countries in fact the government's putting some of the most valuable assets up for sale just to stay afloat as to reports. it's been dubbed the great european fire sale in a bid for cash these are just some of what's been up for grabs but even funds raised from headline grabbing deals might not be enough like six greek island sold for eight point five million euros and italian island sold for two point nine million exclusive rights to use the coliseums image on their products for fifteen years twenty five million euros government debt in the euro zone is greater now than it was a year ago and some of the sales of lead to public anger and frustration bestselling history and culture they're selling beauty things a priceless. surprise factor which i think that's absolutely reprehensible there's absolutely no guarantee that the privatization will help consumers at all and one of the most surprising items recently put on the market was citizenship for
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a little over a million euros you get a maltese passport and therefore become an e.u. says it a move that's been put on hold as two thirds of the public at opposition leaders cry foul. splitting the same legal gone three s. which. meant huge international damage which was uncalled for because more go to date has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the whole european union it's a question of principle over citizenship should not be pulled out on say proponents of privatization see it as a necessity for nations that are in dire straits but also warned that by europe at a bargain may not be as much of a jackpot as one might think if i were investor i wouldn't be buying many of these things all of these countries have serious political risk for any kind of foreign investor anybody try. to. has to reckon with the possibility that ten twenty
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years down the line a government is just going to nationalize whatever they whatever they want to nationalize but for what it's worth this sales. are. international water that makes the land the boil on the gas conflicts will take a seat in the future because experts predict as populations rise it will be. the fight will be over also. japan becomes a fertile ground for the far right because for foreigners to leave and for the army to be ready to go into action if the need arises all the details coming your way later in the program in the week. before security is being beefed up in sochi the host city of the upcoming winter olympics tens of thousands of police officers have been deployed and access to the area is strictly monitored ortiz paul scott takes a look at what else is being done to keep the games safe. the twenty second olympic winter games in two thousand and fourteen are war the to defeat b.
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of thirteen. as soon as russia's black sea resort was awarded the game seven years ago. as a question the choice of host city such as close proximity to the volatile caucasus region was they argued a cause for concern. and the recent twin terror attacks in volgograd summit seven hundred kilometers from sochi have reignited some of those worries organizers say security has been their main priority since day one from the very beginning of the construction phase. made those to prepare the special measures to stop them from the screening of their own materials checking all the. incredible measures of the security to provide this safe environment here with less than a month to go now until the games begin tight security measures are already in place around forty thousand police and security offices are expected to be on
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patrol all sales of dangerous hunting equipment but by and for the duration of the games there's also a controlled stretching sixty kilometers along the coast and twenty five kilometers inland and encompassing all venues. in terms of security so it is a special case because this whole area is it is only there are security details from a number of countries including the u.k. and u.s. working here. and those security forces will be coming together to protect places like this is the brand new purpose built train station in the olympic village is going to be one of the main transport hubs during the games moving thousands of spectators with the bulk of the work now complete with all venues and transport networks built and tested sochi is now just waiting for the sporting world to descend. altie. all the highlights of the olympic torch relay across russia
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and beyond are on our website dot com and you can look for the follow the flame section. well i'll be back after a very short break but the story of cooling relations between washington and afghanistan kabul stalls essential to go over security to american soldiers killed told no mistaking him for an. essentially what you're arguing for is that kurds should put that identity above that national identity let me ask you a personal question. occurred first or and iraq it first occurred first then i mean rocky i am not iraqi kurds because let me ask you that question i'm from. you know i still remember the smell of the chemical weapons so what iraqi identity brought to me iraq and it brought to me the killing so if people. four thousand
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five hundred villages were destroyed. right the city. first struck. and i think you're. on our reporters. on the instrument. to be in the. washington's hope of starting a new security agreement with afghanistan before presidential elections that is likely to be shouted and that's according to america's top negotiator the deal if
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side would allow a portion of u.s. troops to remain in the country after the official withdrawal later this year otherwise afghanistan may be left to deal with the taliban on its. relations between washington and kabul have been aggravated recently after american soldiers killed a child mistaking him for an innocent well former british left tenant colonel richard williams says it's now crucial in how the afghan government copes with internal problems. what we tried to achieve is to set the conditions whereby an afghan government can deal in a nonviolent way with all of the groupings involved in building the taliban if those conditions are set and it should be here then what we're likely to see. a compromise between what kabul wants and what the taliban wants which will see afghanistan model along over the next period of time perhaps the next ten years but that in itself won't be any great strategic victory if we want to call it that or
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any great strategic outcome. now from on screen to online news where we've got the story of radiation spreading even further despite efforts to contain the hazardous leaks there in japan readings of eight times the japanese government safety standards even at the edges of the contamination zone. tens of thousands of fingerprints of u.k. students are collected in school databases without any consent was an outrage among civil liberty organizations and. bats online. conflicts will be superseded by water wars in the future that's the warning from experts and as the world's population grows access to clean water resources is rising in price now let's take a look at the map these blue dots mark the places where conflicts over water disputes of taken place since the nine hundred fifty s. these include small protests as well as some more serious large scale clashes
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there's been one hundred seventy eight disputes and the number of such hotspots is rising one example is the tension in the middle east where the struggle for water is a key issue in some ongoing conflicts. has this report. the bible tells us that within a short distance from here jesus turned water into wine two thousand years later the great american might be turning the wine back into water bubby carballo has been living in the golan heights for over thirty years each day he attends to his very ard an orchard keeping his wine in a center that was once a syrian bunker he is proud of the wine he produces but knows that in the absence of water none of this would be possible but i don't know for sure the water is important because it's the second main resource that we have other than the land. needs water and without it you will destroy all the crops and destroy all of the farming here you can turn the golan heights into
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a desert and it's not just about the golan heights rainwater from its catchment feeds into the river jordan providing a food of israel's water supply the disputed region was seized from syria after the six day war and residents of the golan remember that water was a key issue in the conflict i mean one of stands here and the stones the borders of the world that all the water supply of israel because every door was raining here all but one is prone to the security of getting the food we can say that it is a must will. respect the resolve to have all over it's what the fall says it's a worldwide rule that whoever controls the water controls the land but the problem is in some places there's very little water to go around bring you have the common waterfalls shared by several sovereign nations is always the possibility of
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a clash of religious conflicts that should be manageable was spread out of control and examples of possible conflicts are plentiful syria's major water sources travel through turkey and iraq making it vulnerable while jordan is reliant on a river with syria bowl today egypt. also recently expressed concern of a countries using the upper now to generate electric power in the dry landscape of the middle east is a prize more precious than diamonds in its absence famine and drought are quick to follow but this is a region that's very seldom needs an excuse for war and water shortages might just tip the balance here r.t. in the golan heights. that's starting to look at some other world news the police in egypt the supporters of the else to president mohamed morsi during clashes that karros main universities nineteen demonstrators being detained and several injured fresh operate the violence comes just two days before a planned vote on a draft constitution one hundred fifty thousand troops from god polling stations
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amid fears of more protests by pro morsi activists. and out of control bushfire is raging in western australia threatening both lives and properties and emergency warning has been issued for several suburbs officials say fire brigades will be unable to reach some remote areas and urging people to do whatever they can to protect their homes. more than the five people have been injured and twenty three detained with a protest in spades morgan city of burgas turned violent people were voicing their anger over higher rents and developers forcing poor residents of these resorted to rubber bullets after protesters torched rubbish bins and vandalized banks and shops rally followed friday's clashes over corruption claims surrounding a new liver. senegalese authorities to provide food water and medical treatment to the crew of a russian fishing vessel caught up in a weeklong diplomatic spat over the seizure of the trawler the ship with eighty two
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crewmembers on board was taken by force over reports of illegal fishing with no official explanation from dhaka moscow has called it an act of piracy greenpeace stepped in and sided with senegal provoking russia to accuse the african countries government of acting on a tip. from the environmental group. to trying to steer the crisis towards a diplomatic solution the crew. nationalism seems to be on the up and japan with far right groups protesting against immigration and the mounting reinforced army and. the angry rhetoric is forcing difficult questions. it's become a tradition in japan when some foreign officials are subjected to verbal abuse on this particular occasion japanese nationalists made their feelings known loud and clear to russia's foreign minister china and south korea have also been in their crosshairs one for an island dispute the other for sending too many labor migrants
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to japan you know of the latest protests korean workers were described as cockroaches which needed to be exterminated this man is one of those behind the nationalist valleys in japan he says he'd like to see japan a more closer citee was all there was and we've been to open to the world now foreigners come here and commit crimes i want us to return to pre-war period where we were closed and self-sufficient despite criticizing the government for its immigration policies the movement could not be feeling more comfortable since twenty twelve when she was reelected as prime minister such rallies have been on the rise. those are not only foreign nationals and delegations getting the stick from japanese nationalists there are locals who have directly suffered from their country becoming the far right these school teachers have been protesting because they lost their jobs for not complying with what they call ultranationalist regulations in schools. should be made as an obligation to listen to the national
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anthem before classes i told my pupils spawn of who were not even japanese that it wasn't obligatory to stand up and then i got fired but it's not only about instilling national pride speculation is rife that with all this stronger japan hype is eager to amend the nine hundred forty seven constitution namely article number nine which braves japan from having any kind of army other than for defense purposes. in the increasingly intertwined world we can ensure the peace of our nation without proactively taking a role in the peace and security of the world why don't we take steps forward on the issue of constitutional amendment but not everyone is buying it and more far reaching goal could be reshaping the regional balance of power. there's been talk among high profile politicians including former prime ministers on launching a public debate on whether japan should have nuclear weapons it never materialized but it's something that the ruling elite has been pondering for years now and
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non-pacifist japan let alone a nuclear power would send shock waves across the region say experts but for now even with nationalist voices getting louder polls suggest that such ideas are still some way from becoming reality let's see russia the r.t. reporting from japan. about the team with wolf in just over half an hour from now in the meantime oksana barker talks to a senior member of the kurdistan democratic party to discuss the kurdish role in the middle east that's coming your way after this short break.
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there are many internal battles in society liberals. conservatives will never agree on gun rights or abortion but there is one battle that is often more generational than anything the battle for school uniforms teachers argue that uniforms eliminate a big distraction in the classroom and break up the caste systems that can evolve at school between the cool fashionable kids and the ones who can barely afford lunch like me in my younger years but teenagers will scream uniforms course their freedom of expression and that they have a right to express who they are their individuality who has the right to dictate to them what to wear the thing they don't realize is that if the school doesn't tell
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them what to wear that big corporations and m.t.v. will all the cool individuals who dress alike and blindly follow all the trends are just obeying corporate marketing instead of their parents for some reason it is bad if the school punishes you for dressing improperly but if the cool kids make your life a living hell for not wearing the right brand of shoes well that's all well and good for some reason hey look at it this way school uniforms are cheap which leaves more money for parents to buy you video games being individual in your actions and not a fake individual in trendy clothes but that's just my opinion. hello and welcome to all the part one of the largest ethnic groups without
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a state kurds have long been both the victims and the active participants of large geopolitical adventures and as the middle east goes through one of the biggest upheavals in its recent history can the current turn this power struggle into a benefit for that cause well to discuss that i'm now joined by him in around me a high ranking member of the democratic party thank you very much for your i'm sorry i know that kurdish folklore has very rich tradition and one of the want to. characters fear most often encounter and kurdish tales are songs is that one of the walks and it's interesting that that animal is often praised for its truth knows and cunning as but also you know he stand and see of overplaying his smarts lance human rather precarious situation sometimes and i think this is very characteristic of kurdish approach to politics in general but it doesn't seem to further your own cause that much i wonder why is that in your view first the kurdish
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questions in the middle east has been the victim of the lack of democracy lack of peaceful coexistence lack of the non acceptance of the others on the rise of the other so if you could because the kurds in the middle east were not arabs we are not turks we are not our seas we are a different national group and we have no rights in that area so as i said we are the largest nation in the world without a state and we are realistic we have been divided into four countries with with the acceptance of the asking so for people and now we understand the realities of poor countries and each part of kurdistan within the countries that we are living in its own peculiarities so we don't want to copy paste what we have in iraqi kurdistan to the other part we do believe that this is the time for accepting the kurds as they are to leave in a democratic situation that they can have a guarantee of their constitutional rights in their own country absolutely and i think this is the argument that there are various kurdish political parties have been making probably for decades but they feel.

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